This morning we got up early and went for a hike on the Mesa Trail, beginning at Chautauqua Park.
We kept our eyes open for bears and mountain lions, of course! I love the sign that tells you what to do if you encounter a bear or mountain lion:
*Do not run, scream or turn your back.
*Make yourself look as large as possible
*Put children between adults
*Speak firmly and back away slowly
*If attacked, fight back
Thankfully, we saw none, but we did see:
some interesting fungus
a rufous-sided towhee
and the eastern plains
We decided against breakfast at the Chautauqua Dining Hall because who wants to carry a tray of buffet food AFTER you've hiked? So we ended up at The Buff. Yummy as usual, and we were so hungry I forgot to take a picture of our wonderful food. So, here is the end of our breakfast, and it was only 9 AM! We still had a whole day ahead of us. Can't beat that!